Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi), Istanbul

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Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi) showcases Islamic art including textiles, tiles, and ethnographic dioramas, spanning from the 8th to the 20th centuries. Its striking stone building dates back to 1524; over the course of its history it has served as a house, prison, and clothing factory. Here you'll see one of the greatest collections of carpets in the world. Tour the exhibits to find vivid frescoes and mosaics, carved and inlaid wood pieces, and colorful porcelain objects. Learn how Turks have lived from numerous ethnological dioramas, from the time of nomads to the present day. The museum also has an unmatched overlook of the Blue Mosque and its surroundings. Make Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi) a part of your Istanbul vacation plans using our Istanbul tourist route planner.
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  • I was looking forward to this museum as a way of getting a deeper understanding of Islam through its art. The museum us really well made. The Sleepy guards working at the reception, who paid more atte...  more »
  • The museum has rooms detailing all the different Ottoman dynasties and some artefacts from those dynasties which are mostly Qurans. There is also a large room with 14th to 16th century rugs and carpet...  more »
  • I'm not a history guy but this place was impressive. The place was Ibrahim Pasha palace and turned into a museum. There was the hair of the prophet Mohammed. A nice historical place to visit  more »
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  • Very nice UT has many historical items . It's not that large but absolutely must see. Especially if you are interested about the subject
  • Well organized museum with comprehensive displays on Islamic and Turkish arts. Lovely kelims and quite a few sacret relics and ancient Qurans on display.
  • Wow. Got chills seeing the artifacts and art several hundred years old. I spent 4 hours here, I could have easily spent more. GO.
  • It's just OK, if don't have so much time in Istanbul just skip it, you can find many more interesting places within walking distance. There are nice carpets, scripts inside.
  • An odd museum... there are ancient bowls and carpets, but also bits of Mohammed's (p.b.u.h) beard and his footprint... all very nice...but not what I expected...

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